Peninsula Visitors Guide, Summer 2014, Page 039 (transcription)

TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE .
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TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE .
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This summer leave the beach behind and paya visit to Mornington Peninsula s Moonlit Sanctuary, where a fascinating cross-section of native and endangered animals make their home.
Explore the 10 hectares of bushlandand enjoy close encounters withkangaroos, wallabies, koalas, dingoes and emus, along withgraceful water birds.
Moonlit Sanctuary, like nature, is an ever-changing world.
Newcomers have swelled the population, including critically endangeredorange-bellied parrots, brilliantly coloured superbparrots, and cheeky musk lorikeets.
Just opened are brand-new enclosuresfor the squirrel gliders, and rare spot-tail quollsnow embarking on a breeding program.
The sanctuary s resident barking owl and barn owl have both now been supplied with partners, sofingers are crossed for new arrivals in the future.
A hands-on conservation park, Moonlit Sanctuary encourages real interaction with itsunique selection of Australian animals, birds and reptiles.
New this summer is a hands-onencounter with Hootie the Barn Owl.
It s a learning experience, as well as a feast for thesenses.
During the day, hand-feed free-roaming wallabies and kangaroos, or cuddle up to a koala.
Marvel at the tawny frogmouths up close andpersonal or have a chat with a cockatoo.
Admire the shy bush stone curlews, whose 12-month-oldchicks were released into the wild last October.
Breeding of bush stone curlews is one of thesanctuary s conservation programs.
If you re feeling game, you can evenhold a python though a respectful distance is required from thepark s Tasmanian devils Water dragons, blue-tongue lizardsand goannas number among thesanctuary s reptiles.
Moonlit Sanctuary, as its name suggests, specializes in eveningtours.
As night falls, the park s nocturnal creatures truly come into their own.
Wander your lantern-lit way through the bush and hearthe dingoes howl.
Hand-feedthe squirrel gliders as theyswoop around their new, spacious walk-in enclosure.
The nightjars, potoroos, owlsand southern bettongs all comethrillingly alive at night, asthe sanctuary takes on a mysteriousnew character.
This natural haven, inspired by the work offamous British conservationist Gerald Durrell, is proud winner of the 2012 Zoo Aquarium Association Best New Exhibit under 100,000 award.
Animal protection and welfare is top priority.
Friendly and knowledgeable keepers are on hand to answer your questions, givingdaily dingo, koala and snake talks.
Whatever your favourite Australian animal, chances are you will find it here.
Why not make a day of it Light meals andrefreshments are available at the caf , with seatsoverlooking the extensive wetlands.
Browsethrough the shop for intriguing mementos ofyour visit.
Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park is one of seven top attractions in the MorningtonPeninsula s Attractions Pass, which saves up to 40 on admission and bonuses at four attractions and includes discount offer at three more.
Passes are Adult 63, Child 45.
Pass holders can upgrade tothe lantern-lit evening tour atMoonlit Sanctuary Daytime entry Adult 17, Child 4-15 8.50, Under 4 free.
Family 2A 2Ch 45.
Concession Australian Pension, Seniors Student 13.60.
Evening tour Adult 40, Child 4-15 25, Under 4 15, Family 120, Concession 34.
550 Tyabb-Tooradin Rd, Pearcedale, Victoria, 3912, Australia 61 0 3 5978 7935 www.moonlit sanctuary.com By day Meet our kangaroos, koalas, devils, colourful parrots and water birds Hands-on encounters with our friendly animals Cuddle up to a Koala Walk through our bush food garden Hold a python or an owl Open daily 10am to 5pm 039.indd 1 Book now 03 5978 7935 By night At night, Moonlit Sanctuary comes alive with world-famous lantern-lit evening tours Night birds are active, gliders swoop around and endangered quolls, pademelons and bettongs forage for food Bookings required 17 12 13 3 22 PM

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